Be Genius

me

Bo Jeanes

I am an software engineer who has lived and worked in New York, Brisbane, Chicago, San Francisco, and now Melbourne. I primarily work in Ruby though am a functional programmer at heart and a fan of programming languages in general. In particular, I love Rust and Clojure but keep my eye on many langauges all the time.

My Future

Mocra

Two weeks ago, Dr Nic informed me, and my coworkers, that he had accepted a job with EngineYard and was moving to San Francisco within the month. Unfortunately, a consequence of Nic’s wonderful opportunity is that he had to fire us all and shutdown Mocra.

Of course, he broke the news to us in a more humane way, and even encouraged me to take on the Mocra name and start a new company to continue on without him. I haven’t ruled it out yet, but I am taking this change as an opportunity to consider moving on in my career and having some new experiences with fresh and inspiring people.

Over the last two years at Mocra, I’ve helped run the business, managed the clients, and written awesome code, as well as worked on a slew of open source contributions and projects, such as ghost.

Possibilities

A few opportunities and offers have presented themselves already, even without having put myself out there, as I’m now trying. Some of them have been quite tempting, and I’ve been exploring them, but some have been less so.

After reading No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no, I’ve decided that I want to try to find a job that’s will make me say "HELL YEAH!" and go for it.

If you have a position or an endeavour that you think I might be right for, please get in contact; I’d love to have a chat about the company, idea, or your processes, and how we might be able to help each other.

I am looking for work starting from the beginning of September. My long-term goal is to move out of Brisbane, so relocating is an option I’d enthusiastically pursue. For a number of reasons, however, I’m tied to Brisbane until about the end of the year.

Therefore, I’d love to find a company that can accommodate me as a contractor for the few months until my partner and I are in a position to move out of Brisbane, at which point I’d be eager to come on as a full-timer. I am more than happy to come work on-site out of Brisbane before the New Year for small stints, though.

If you want to know more, I’ll be making my About page more relevant to my skills, experiences, and interests over the next day or so. In the mean time, feel free to email me or call me on skype or +61412639224 to start a conversation.

Comments

  1. I'll give a rather negative perspective on permanent roles. Take it as you will.

    There's a metric ton of companies out there that shouldn't be doing software development, due to lack of experienced leadership (I mean REAL experience in managing and delivering software projects). I can't personally vouch for Mocra being awesome or what, but from all accounts it sounds it wasn't one of those. So I think chances are you won't land on anything better than where you were before.

    For that reason, I suggest you explore the possibility of freelancing for a while. Build a name for yourself as a freelancer and you will be in a very different position to negotiate your next permanent role, should you decide that's where you really want to be. The conversation will have a very different tone. It'll be more along the lines of "we need you here" rather than "you need this job".

    Also, not needing the job means you'll have more time to explore and make sure that you're investing on (I consider the act of taking on a permanent role an investment of your time in the company, as well as from their part) the right people. Time wasters are all over and sometimes it's not clear from the beginning that they're so.

    And last, it's quite possible you'll end up enjoying the freedom and not look back. I can say that right now, unless I'm being hired by one of the VERY few companies that I know to be very cool and very capable, I'm sticking to freelancing.

    Best of luck. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.

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